Digital Collages of People Climbing Stairs by Jiyen Lee via MMM
Korean artist Jiyen Lee has created a series of hypnotizing digital collages that present people going up and down stairs, as seen from a bird’s eye view. Each puzzling assemblage features an unidentifiable traffic of pedestrians on an endless journey. It also remains unclear whether they are actually ascending or descending the steps in front of them, as Lee has taken the artistic liberty of reconfiguring images in unimaginable compositions. Like an M. C. Escher painting, the artist’s digitally manipulated images present a saturation of staircases with no perceivable beginning or end.
“I have found. I’ve found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness, and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps it is because I am afraid… and he gives me courage.”
“I miss my books and my armchair and my garden. You see, that’s where I belong. That’s home. And that’s why I came back, because you don’t have one. A home. It was taken from you, but I will help you take it back if I can.”
The photo sequence above shows a distorted and fiery moonrise over Two Lights State Park, Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
I couldn’t help but notice the Moon’s inverted image (inferior mirage) as it rose on the evening of January 27, 2013 — one day past the full Moon. As the Moon ascended slightly higher, its inverted image disappeared.
Refraction in the lower atmosphere, due to a steep temperature gradient with height, was responsible for this distortion, referred to as the Etruscan vase or Omega effect. When the Moon emerged over the horizon, its inferior mirage appeared below and seemed to reach up to grab the Moon, producing the omega shape.
If you look very closely you can detect a green rim on the top of the Moon (green flash), especially on the third and sixth image in the sequence. — Photography & Summary:John Stetson; Jim Foster
“As a culturally displaced artist, I have been drawn to the theme of cultural displacement and identity, and to social psychological and cross-cultural studies that are heavily influenced by immigrant experiences and by the interaction between people and space. My most recent projects have adopted a documentary approach and artistic archives to present my experiences of dislocation and rootlessness in our contemporary nomadic culture.” – Joo Yeon Woo